19 Jul 2011
We're extremely proud and happy to announced that Deborah Mailman (second from the right) and Jessica Mauboy (left) will be joined by newcomers Shari Sebbens (extreme right) and Miranda Tapsell (second from the left) as the stars of the major new Australian film THE SAPPHIRES, to be produced by Goalpost Pictures Australia.
THE SAPPHIRES, which begins filming in August in Sydney and then Vietnam, is an adaptation of the hugely successful stage musical of the same name. Adapted by Keith Thompson (Clubland) and playwright Tony Briggs, THE SAPPHIRES will be directed by acclaimed actor and theatre director Wayne Blair and produced by Goalpost Pictures Australia's Rosemary Blight and Kylie du Fresne with Briggs as associate producer.
THE SAPPHIRES is inspired by the remarkable true story of Briggs' mother and her family. The film is set in the heady days of 1968 when four talented singers, from a remote Aboriginal mission, are discovered by an unlikely talent scout. Plucked from obscurity and branded as Australia's answer to The Supremes, The Sapphires grasp the chance of a lifetime when they're offered their first real gig - entertaining the troops in Vietnam. For the girls, a whole new world of sex, war, politics and soul opens before them.
Troy Lum, Managing Director of Hopscotch Films comments: "THE SAPPHIRES has it all - a great story with lots of love and laugher, set against the backdrop of the social upheaval of the late 1960's, a wonderful cast and crew and an unbeatable soul music soundtrack. Hopscotch is tremendously excited to be the Australian and New Zealand distributor."
We will keep you updated on the latest developments and news from the production of THE SAPPHIRES so make sure you keep checking our website and Facebook and Twitter pages.